“Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).
These words are said by a character at the end of Hans Christian Andersen’s winter fairy tale, The Snow Queen. The Snow Queen is being performed by Fort Wayne Youtheatre as part of the holiday events.
Perhaps the grandmother who reads these words wants to remind the other characters and the audience about the importance of seeing the world through the eyes of a child. There’s no better time to do so than at Christmas.
The plot focuses on two children, Kai and Gerda, who discover the power of good verses evil. With some similarities in plot and story line as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Snow Queen has children being kidnapped, taken to strange lands, and then rescued by the attributes of bravery and love.
The story was first published in 1845, but it has not lost its poignancy. Who doesn’t like to see a story of children helping each other through difficulties to triumph at the end?
Throughout the year, the Arts United Center where the Youtheatre performances are held is also home to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Ballet, Dance Collective, and Civic Theatre.
Christmas is a busy time of year, but if there is a child in your life, this show with strong male and female leads may be one of the most memorable family events you could do together.
Fort Wayne Youtheatre :The Snow Queen
Friday, December 14 at 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, December 15 & 16 at 2:00 pm
Child $10 for child/student 18 & younger
Special rate for groups of 10 or more $7
Fort Wayne Youtheatre
Arts United Center
303 E. Main Street
Kayleen Reusser has written children’s books and had stories in Chicken Soup books. She writes features for the News-Sentinel newspaper and profiles for the Ossian Sun Riser. She loves to travel and write about her experiences at her website: www.KayleenR.com